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Alejandro Jodorowsky Biography

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Birth Name: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Born: 02/17/1930
Birth Place: Chile

Jodorowsky then wrote, directed, scored and acted in the film which brought him more fame and notoriety, "El Topo/The Mole" (1970). A meandering, violent and highly impressionistic film, "El Topo" follows the travels of the eponymous hero (Jodorowsky) and his son (Jodorowsky's own seven-year-old son Brontis) as they encounter bandits, massacres, hippies and lesbians, in search of knowledge and/or redemption. A weird combination of the styles of Bunuel, Fellini, Antonioni and Russ Meyer, "El Topo" found its audience through New York's Elgin Theater, which screened the film at midnight showings every night for more than a year. Discovered by trendy downtowners, artsy intellectuals and finally by critics, "El Topo" became possibly the first "cult" film.

"The Holy Mountain" (1973), Jodorowsky's next film, was equally bizarre and portentous (many said "pretentious"). Also filmed in Mexico, "The Holy Mountain" told the story of a thief and his Dante-like travels, chock full of eye-popping sex, violence and religious references. Another midnight movie hit, "The Holy Mountain" disappointed critically and a disillusioned Jodorowsky retired to Paris.

His career never really came back to full-throttle. In 1980, Jodorowsky wrote and directed "Tusk", the tale of an elephant hunt, then went underground again until 1989, when he wrote and directed the Italian-made "Santa Sangria/Holy Blood", the story of a young serial killer (played by Jodorowsky's son Axel) redeemed through love. "The Rainbow Thief" (1990) starred Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, bigger movie than the director normally had the chance to work with. It was his last film for 23 years. After two decades of false starts, Jodorowsky returned to the screen with "The Dance of Reality" (2013), which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival alongside "Jodorowsky's Dune" (2013), a documentary by Frank Pavich about the director's abandoned 1970s attempt to create a transformative film version of Frank Herbert's cult science fiction novel.